Today is World Turtle Day around the globe and to showcase the true meaning of the day, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's and Auckland Zoo vets have undertaken a medical check of a recently rescued, critically endangered Hawksbill turtle.
The juvenile turtle was found washed up on Northland's 90 Mile Beach at the start of May. Marine turtles don't breed on the beaches in New Zealand which means a turtle found on the beach is not well.
Following urgent medical attention from the Auckland Zoo vet centre, the hawksbill was then transported to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s rehabilitation centre where he is currently being monitored as part of a continuing partnership between the organisations.
The SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s rehabilitation facility is the only facility in New Zealand that rehabilitates injured turtles and has successfully released over many turtles back to the wild.
Andrew Christie, Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium Curator, is pleased by the hawksbill’s progress so far: "While he still has a long road to recovery ahead of him, he has made an impressive turnaround in his short time at our rehabilitation centre. We’re happy to share his story on World Turtle Day - a day dedicated to the care, conservation and awareness of one of the oldest living reptiles in the world."